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Dealmaster: As Switch sales slow, Nintendo launches a new bundle

February 15th, 2019
The bundle includes the neon red and neon blue Joy-Cons.

Enlarge / The bundle includes the neon red and neon blue Joy-Cons. (credit: Mark Walton)

Nintendo has released a new Switch bundle that pairs the popular game console with a $35 credit to its eShop digital store. The company announced the bundle last week, but the deal has now become available at various retailers, including Walmart (which lists it as being up for pre-order as of this writing), Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.

The bundle retails for $299.99, the Switch’s standard going rate, with the $35 credit available in the form of a download code packed with the console. Nintendo says the credit can be put toward any purchase in the eShop. The company has not provided a specific time frame for the new promotion, only saying that the bundle will be available while supplies last.

This isn’t the absolute best deal we’ve seen for the Switch—a handful of coupon codes and one-off promotions have dropped it as low as $225 in the past year. But those deals have typically been brief, and getting what effectively amounts to a $35 discount is still a pleasant bonus for those who have been interested in picking up the console. For reference, Nintendo’s primary Switch deal for Black Friday was simply bundling Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the device.

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Nintendo’s next Switch model will reportedly shrink the size, cost, features

January 31st, 2019
Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look, based on a Nikkei report. (To be clear, this image is sarcastic.)

Enlarge / Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look, based on a Nikkei report. (To be clear, this image is sarcastic.) (credit: Aurich / Walt Disney Pictures)

Nintendo's rumored plans to produce a revised Nintendo Switch model picked up steam on Thursday with a tantalizing bit of new information. Last year's rumor mill simply predicted a new model could arrive in 2019, but a Japanese report has narrowed fans' expectations based on its sources' intel: Nintendo may have a new SKU with portability and price, not power, in mind. (And the news outlet uncovered one other possible "service" to come, as well.)

The report from official stock exchange news outlet (helpfully translated by Nintendo Everything) cites a combination of hardware partners and game developers, who all suggest the next Switch model will be "miniaturized." The resulting system will reportedly emphasize "portability" and "playing outside," and it will "cut features" to bring the retail price down.

Nikkei's report does not include more specifics, which still leaves plenty of questions about this rumored SKU. If we add up the details offered by Nikkei, though, we can guess that one of its cut features might be the removal of a bundled Switch TV Dock; this product can currently be purchased separately at an MSRP of $89.99. Cutting that combination of chipset, plastic mold, and increased box size and weight would be the easiest way to cut the system's current $299.99 MSRP.

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Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system

December 6th, 2018
Five of <em>Super Smash Bros. Ultimate</em>'s 74 combatants. There's a lot to talk about—and a lot to love.

Enlarge / Five of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 74 combatants. There's a lot to talk about—and a lot to love. (credit: Nintendo)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't content being a merely "big" video game. Nintendo's latest mascot-fighter sequel seems determined to wallop you over the head with its enormity, even after establishing itself as an oversized package.

It's not enough that the game ships with dozens of gaming-nostalgia icons. The big-name Nintendo mascots (Mario, Link, Pikachu), the more obscure company wild cards (Ice Climbers, ROB, "Dark" Pit), and the beloved third-party guests (Solid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy VII's Cloud)are all back from older Smash games, fulfilling the development team's "every fighter ever" promise. They're joined by a cast of very welcome (and masterfully designed) newcomers, bringing the fighter selection up to 74.

But, wait, there's more: you'll fight across 103 battle arenas and bust out dozens of the game's items, assist trophies, and Pokemon helpers. If you were to shuffle the game's variables before every basic versus match, you'd likely need years to see the same battle appear twice. It's a lot—and that's not even counting the value of the seam-busting soundtrack.

Yet someone at the combined development teams of Sora Ltd and Bandai-Namco couldn't leave well enough alone. They were determined to deliver even more by way of a ridiculous combatant count: over 1,200 classic characters. To be fair, this comes by way of a gimmick—a new single-player "Spirits" mode. Luckily for fans, the way Smash Ultimate achieves this ludicrous count is quite interesting, and occasionally fascinating.

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Nintendo’s biggest Switch-download sale yet includes legitimately good offers

November 21st, 2018

While you'll want to stay tuned to our regular Dealmaster guides for this week's range of Thanksgiving-timed sales, we wanted to quickly point out a rarity in the digital-gaming world: a legitimately good (and huge) range of discounts on Nintendo Switch downloads.

Wednesday saw the big N unveil a whopping 47-game sale, chock full of recent, popular, and well-reviewed fare, for its Nintendo Switch eShop. The sale is valid between now and November 28. The Switch eShop has never received this many simultaneous discounts on well-reviewed games, and, while some of the discounts are a little paltry, most are surprisingly good.

Here's a slightly sorted list of the "best" discounted games, with quality and discount considered as ranking factors. In particular, the ports listed here are all solid Switch fare that we've tested. (We're picky about good Switch ports, as I've discussed at length.)

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Pokémon Let’s Go fits surprisingly well into my grown-up gaming life

November 16th, 2018
High-five, Eevee!

Enlarge / High-five, Eevee! (credit: Nintendo)

Earlier this year, I took the world's first "true" console Pokémon games for a press-demo spin, and I was almost instantly... bored.

The new (optional) Poké Ball-shaped controller was uncomfortable. The waggle-loaded capturing system was simplistic. The E3 demo's brief gameplay slice was repetitive. And the zone was one fans have played through a zillion times. Pokémon was coming to Nintendo Switch, alright, but this was not the "Generation 8" many fans had hoped for.

Yet something about that brief glimpse at Pokémon Let's Go put a little worm into my brain. (Probably a Weedle.) Weeks later, I wondered: Is there something here? Was Nintendo breaking down the sinewy tissue of age-old JRPGs in a way that seems boring in a crowded expo hall but might prove perfect for a lengthy, semi-portable adventure?

Especially for someone who—let's face it—never fit Pokémon into his gaming diet?

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The media-starved Nintendo Switch just got a YouTube shot in the arm

November 8th, 2018
For now, a YouTube search is as close as we're gonna get to <em>Super Mario Sunshine</em> on Nintendo Switch.

Enlarge / For now, a YouTube search is as close as we're gonna get to Super Mario Sunshine on Nintendo Switch. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Following a wave of rumors, Nintendo confirmed on Thursday that its Nintendo Switch console has added an official YouTube app to its meager selection of media-viewing options.

Google's app is now available as a free download on a variety of territories' eShops (including North America and Japan, which we've tested thus far), and its interface largely resembles dedicated YouTube apps on smart TVs and set-top boxes. The primary difference is that the Switch's on-screen keyboard obscures any auto-complete results you might expect while searching for topics. You can attach your YouTube credentials to retrieve viewing histories, check subscription feeds, and receive automatic video recommendations.

The app, in our limited testing, held up to visual scrutiny in terms of delivering a clear image and a 60fps refresh when replaying high-detail content like "let's play" videos of modern video games. Proving this via direct screenshots is a bit tricky, however, as the YouTube app forbids use of the Switch's built-in "share" button.

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Smash Bros. Ultimate confirms final features—and new fighters through 2020

November 1st, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: World of Light mode

Enlarge / The enemy within: Smash Bros. Ultimate's single-player mode will force you to defeat an evil that has invaded all of your favorite series characters. (credit: Nintendo)

A 40-minute Nintendo Direct presentation has wrapped a bow on December's massive Switch game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, by revealing more characters, plans for DLC through 2020, and long-awaited details on the game's local and online modes.

We should get the bad news out of the way first—Nintendo only had two truly new characters to unveil on Thursday. Incineroar, from Pokemon's Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games, arrives as a melee-focused "luchador" type of fighter. His quick moves and heavy grapples look like an interesting alternative to the likes of classic melee character Captain Falcon.

This creature is joined by the Street Fighter series' Ken, who will appear as an "echo" combatant alongside Street Fighter's Ryu—meaning, they share nearly identical move sets but have slight differences in speed, power, and animations.

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Switch console flaw leaves Nintendo looking flat-footed

March 16th, 2017

Hack exploited a flaw in the browser – but Nintendo had said there was no browser on the console

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